No. 13 Louisville 59, Kentucky 28
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Michael Bush passed up a shot at the NFL to try and win a national championship at Louisville. Instead, his season ended after three touchdowns and a little more than one half of football. The senior running back broke his right leg early in the third quarter and will be out for the season. Bush had already run for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the first half when he took the pitch from quarterback Brian Brohm on Louisville's second play of the second half. His right leg was pinned awkwardly underneath him while being tackled by Kentucky's Wesley Woodyard. Bush lay on the ground for several minutes before being placed on a stretcher. He waved to the capacity crowd at Papa John's Stadium and was then taken to a local hospital. The injury quickly ended what had been a giddy night for the Cardinals. Brohm, playing his first game since suffering a devastating knee injury last November, threw for 254 yards and a touchdown, showing no ill effects from nine months of grueling rehab. Brohm completed his first pass and more importantly, survived his first hit, bouncing up quickly after getting drilled by Kentucky's Myron Pryor on Louisville's second drive. He seemed comfortable in all phases, moving around nimbly when required and standing up in the pocket during the few occasions the Wildcats were able to generate pressure. With Brohm's arm and Bush's legs leading the way, the Cardinals scored on five of their first six possession, grabbing a 31-0 lead before the Wildcats could manage their second first down.
No. 22 TCU 17, Baylor 7
WACO, Texas -- Freshman Marcus Jackson threw two touchdown passes in the second half after replacing TCU's undefeated and woozy starter, and the Horned Frogs avoided being on the wrong side of a season-opening upset. TCU, unranked when it won at No. 7 Oklahoma by the same score in last year's opener, stretched its winning streak to 11 games -- the second-longest in Division I-A behind the 21 in a row of defending national champion Texas. Jackson replaced Jeff Ballard after halftime, and finally put the Horned Frogs ahead with an 84-yard TD pass to tailback Aaron Brown after another Baylor turnover in the third quarter. He threw a 4-yard score to Quinton Cunigan in the fourth quarter. Baylor, playing only its third opener at home since 1997, was hoping for a big upset in its first game since switching to a pass-oriented offense with returning senior quarterback Shawn Bell. Instead, the Bears dropped to 2-31 against ranked teams since moving to the Big 12 in 1996 -- the year after the SWC disbanded and they last played TCU. Ballard improved to 9-0 as TCU's starter, but never returned after completing 7-of-14 passes for 85 yards and an interception in the first half. It wasn't clear how or when Ballard got hurt, but team medical personnel were seen testing his reflexes on the sideline. With Ballard out and senior running backs Lonta Hobbs (foot) and Robert Merrill (back) not playing at all, Jackson (11-of-13 for 148 yards) and Brown (15 rushes for 49 yards and four catches for 107 yards) led the comeback offensively.
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